Baggage handlers and airplane cleaners on the Phoenix Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport say they’re uncovered to brutally sizzling temperatures and are asking for an investigation into their employer, Prospect Airport Providers.
Practically a dozen staff wrote to the Arizona Division of Occupational Security and Well being to say that even on the in a single day shift, temperatures spike to unsafe ranges whereas cleaners work inside airplanes with out air-con.
“These plane are parked and powered off on the tarmac, which continues to radiate warmth and heat the uncirculated air in plane cabins after sundown,” the letter reads.
They requested the company to conduct an inspection of their employer. CNN has contacted Prospect for remark.
The Arizona Division of Occupational Security and Well being acknowledged the criticism in a short assertion to CNN.
“We’ve got obtained the letter and there’s an ongoing investigation,” stated spokesman Trevor Laky. “As a result of it’s an open file, we can’t remark additional.”
The letter additionally says break rooms are sizzling, and there’s restricted entry to water.
“I’ve been informed explicitly we are able to’t convey water on the planes with us, and we will be in planes for so long as half-hour, and we’re dashing to every one again to again, so we are able to go lengthy stretches of time with no water break,” one worker is quoted as saying.
The criticism, from a state that skilled excessive sizzling temperatures all through the summer season, follows years of complaints from flight attendants and different staff who need extra laws round sizzling planes.